Tips for Choosing the Best Grill for Your Outdoor Kitchen


Outdoor living spaces are becoming very popular. If you’re looking for a new grill for your outdoor kitchen, it can be difficult to know which grill will best suit your style and space. Here are some valuable tips for choosing the best grill.

Think About Storage Options

Even in South Carolina, the weather can get intemperate sometimes. When that happens, you’ll want to be able to protect your grill from weather extremes. If you sometimes go away for vacations, that’s another time you’ll want to cover or store your grill. Think about what storage options the grill has, and whether that will be sufficient for your needs.

Consider the Grilling Capacity

Compact grills are ideal for decks and patios with little space, or for small families. But if you have a large extended family or like to host backyard BBQ parties, you’ll be happier with a larger grill that has the surface area to cook lots of food at one time. This will allow you to put food on the table faster so guests and family can eat at one time instead of standing in line for more burgers.

Consider Built-In Models

If you are like to grill outside on most days, you might be better off with a built-in grill. These models are designed to fit in nicely with the motif of an outdoor kitchen and will help your family to relax outdoors while you cook. Built-in grills add to the décor and frequently offer extra amenities like warming trays, coolers and food prep areas.

To see grill models in person or for more information about outdoor kitchens, please contact us today!

What are the Benefits of a Submersible Pump?

Sump Pump

If you’ve found yourself recently in the market for a new submersible, or other pump for your house or farm, you may be overwhelmed by all the available options. From submersible pumps to centrifugal pumps, the choices can seem endless. However, submersible pumps can hold a few unique advantages over other varieties and may be just what you’re looking for.


Submersible well pumps usually operate in a very narrow flow range.  To accommodate for a wide range of well depths, they are always multistage pumps.  The deeper the well (which means for static head) the more stages (greater pressure) are required.  The ability to match the number of stages with a reasonable small flow range allows pump manufacturers to create very efficient pump designs.  The key to getting the most efficient pump for your application is to have the well performance accurately measured by a competent well driller and to have the pump properly sized for your application based in the well information provided

No Priming Necessary

Submersible pumps are also used in applications where priming a standard end-suction centrifugal pump would be difficult.  Since the suction intake of a submersible pump is submerged, priming is not required.  It is important to remember that if you are using a submersible well pump in an application other than a well (such as a pond, wet well, stream, etc) that you must use a flow induction sleeve to force water to flow by the motor in order to keep it from overheating.

Built To Handle Solids

Most submersible sump pumps are designed to handle both solids and liquids without locking up during operation. This can be ideal for pumping out a flooded basement or emptying an old well, and choosing a submersible pump that specifically advertises itself as solids-capable can ensure you’ve made a durable purchase.

For more information on some of the benefits of a submersible pump, contact the experts at W.P. Law. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have about your fluid handling services.

How Irrigation Can Protect Your Crops from Frost

frosty crop

Everyone who has worked with plants knows that the winter months present an incredible danger for the health of crops due to frost injury. In fact, frost injury could potentially wipe out an entire crop if not protected properly. Many people have heard about using irrigation to protect crops from frost injury but don’t understand why or how this works. Read below to learn more about how irrigation can protect crops from frost injury.

The Water Protects the Plants from Injury

While most people think that the layer of ice provides the protection with irrigation systems, it is actually the process of the water turning into ice that protects the plant from injury. As the sprinklers apply water to the plants and it begins to freeze, heat is released.  The scientific term for this is called the latent heat of fusion.  In other words, for water to turn into ice it must give up (or lose) heat. It is the heat that is lost during the freezing process that keeps the plants from being damaged.

The Water Freezing Keeps Temperatures above a Critical Point

In order for this process to protect the plants, water must be continually changing from a liquid state into a solid state.  Therefor frost protection sprinklers must be continually operated while air temperatures remain below freezing.  Frost protection sprinklers must not be turned off until the air temperature is well above freezing and the ice that has formed on the plants begins to melt.

People looking at using an irrigation system to protect their crops from frost injury should contact W.P. Law for information. Make sure those crops receive the protection that they deserve.


How to Maximize Your Pump’s Efficiency


Whether you rely on a sump pump to keep your basement free of water, or a well pump to ensure your home’s water supply is always on tap, you’re likely interested in keeping your pump running smoothly for as long as possible. Pumps, like any other mechanical device that operates on a steady basis, do wear out and fail.  However, there are a few preventative measures and some warning signs that will let you know if trouble is on the horizon.

Monitor Pump Performance

Pay attention to the performance of your plumbing fixture performance in your home.  If the water pressure in your shower doesn’t seem as strong as it once was, or it seems to take longer for the bathtub to fill.  All of these issues could be symptomatic of reduced pump performance.  Of course there could be other reasons for these problems including a small leak, but taking time to check your pump is also a good idea

Keep Up With Maintenance

The best diagnostic tools you have are your eyes and your ears.  Listen to your pump operate.  If you hear mechanical noises that you have not heard previously, this could be an indicator of possible pump trouble.  Loud noise could be indicative of bearings failing, or even cavitation.  Also look for leaks around pump shafts and casings.  These leaks could be a sign of seal failure which if left unattended could cause motor and bearing failure.

For more ways to improve your pump’s efficiency or troubleshoot some minor repairs, contact WP Law to speak to one of our experts today. We’ll help you learn more about your pump’s operation and track down any issues that could be impacting its function.

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